Virtually Connecting: an innovative initiative to enhance the virtual conference experience [Interview]

17 July 2015
Research conferences

Maha Bali (@Bali_Maha), Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, MOOCaholic and writeaholic and Rebecca Hogue (@rjhogue), an unaffiliated scholar, innovator, and educator met during the #rhizo14 MOOC last January 2014. Together, they founded Virtually Connecting, a project that connects virtual conference participants to onsite attendees via video conferencing tools….

Would your presentation be better off without slides? [Guest post]

17 July 2015

This is a guest post by Enago. Slides are an option, not a requirement For anyone whose workweek includes one or more meetings or the infamous ‘town hall’ presentations or who’s attending a research conference, the prospect of yet another PowerPoint slide presentation is enough to generate much eye-rolling and audible groaning. It seems that…

The conference is over: 5 things to do before you celebrate

16 June 2015

After months of blood, sweat and tears, your research conference has finally been wrapped up! It came and passed without a hiccup, participants seemed to enjoy themselves and the guest speakers went down a storm. Success! While you’re close to the finish line, your work isn’t quite done yet. Below are five essentials to look…

5 ways data can help you improve your conference

9 June 2015
Conference Planning

Designed by Freepik As a conference organiser, you need to make sure you continuously improve your research conference. One of the best ways to assess event success and identify areas of improvement is by monitoring key metrics to harness the power of data. We’ve identified five ways you can use data before, during and after your conference…

Choosing the right metrics to assess your conference

4 June 2015
Conference Planning

Just like any other event, academic conferences need to innovate, adapt and evolve to fully meet their purpose: advance research and be a place for researchers to learn, network and progress. One of the challenges conference organisers face is to improve their conference year after year and maximise attendees’ engagement and satisfaction. That’s when data…

Offering a true experience to international conference delegates [INTERVIEW]

2 June 2015
Conference Planning

Research conferences are becoming more and more international. While cultural diversity is great to enrich and enhance a conference, it also brings some challenges to conference organisers. How can you welcome conference attendees from all around the world and take into account cultural diversity to offer them a great experience? Brady Miller took the time to share…

Crafting the perfect Call for Papers (and a template)

27 April 2015
Collecting Submissions

In order to collect submissions for your conference, you’ll need to send a Call for Papers or Call for Abstracts. This is an email that will announce your conference and the start of submissions to researchers who might be interested in presenting. Since it will be sent to hundreds or even thousands of recipients, you need…

Announcing new features: Tracks, Custom Fields, Split Abstracts and Do Not Review

27 March 2015
Ex Ordo News

2015 got off to a great start for Ex Ordo! Our platform has seen some major enhancements: we’ve released new features to improve how we support conferences with complex processes. Tracks allows you to manage multiple streams for your conferences, and set different deadlines, topics, reviewers and chairs for each track. Custom fields makes it possible to customise the submission process and ask…